Labuschagne Set to Lead Queensland as New Captain for 2024-25 Season

Marnus Labuschagne will have the opportunity to solidify his leadership credentials as he takes over as Queensland’s captain for the 2024-25 season, succeeding Usman Khawaja. Khawaja will continue to lead Brisbane Heat in the BBL while Labuschagne steps into his new role, teaming up with new Queensland and Heat coach Johan Botha.

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Labuschagne had a brief stint as captain of Queensland in the Marsh Cup and Sheffield Shield last season. Despite the team finishing at the bottom of the Shield for the first time since 2007-08 and fifth in the one-day competition, Labuschagne’s leadership potential was recognized.

“Both Marnus and Usman are strong leaders and we’re looking to the future by appointing Marnus to lead the Bulls,” said Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson. “It is an ideal opportunity for Marnus to once again showcase his leadership abilities and provide him with experience at first class and one-day level. He and our players enjoyed the opportunity he had last season to lead the Bulls and Marnus is excited about the season ahead and working with new coach, Johan Botha.”

The extent of Labuschagne’s availability for Queensland’s season remains uncertain, given his likely participation in Australia’s ODI series against Pakistan in November, followed by Tests against India. Australia will also tour Sri Lanka for two Tests from late January before heading to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy, which runs into March.

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“I’m greatly honoured to be appointed Queensland captain, as I know how much the Bulls mean to the fans around the state,” Labuschagne said. “I’ve been in a very fortunate position to play alongside some exceptional leaders, and the chance to step up and do a job for the team I love is exciting.”

Labuschagne is eager to work with the team and help them maximize the opportunities and structures in place. “We have a great group of players and one of the aspects of the captaincy that I am most looking forward to is helping us to make the most of the structure and opportunities we are creating here in Queensland,” he added.

While there is no immediate prospect of a change in the Australian captaincy, current captain Pat Cummins has suggested he may not continue in both the Test and ODI roles for an extended period. This opens the door for potential future captains to gain valuable experience at the domestic level, with Labuschagne and Travis Head, who has previously led South Australia and Adelaide Strikers, being strong contenders.

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Australia’s recent Test side against New Zealand in Christchurch featured only two players under 30: Labuschagne and Cameron Green, highlighting the importance of developing the next generation of leaders.

Labuschagne’s appointment as Queensland captain not only provides him with an opportunity to hone his leadership skills but also positions him as a key figure in the future of Australian cricket.

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Marnus Labuschagne will have the opportunity to solidify his leadership credentials as he takes over as Queensland's captain for the 2024-25 season, succeeding Usman Khawaja. Khawaja will continue to lead Brisbane Heat in the BBL while Labuschagne steps into his new role, teaming up with new Queensland and Heat coach Johan Botha.

Labuschagne had a brief stint as captain of Queensland in the Marsh Cup and Sheffield Shield last season. Despite the team finishing at the bottom of the Shield for the first time since 2007-08 and fifth in the one-day competition, Labuschagne's leadership potential was recognized.

"Both Marnus and Usman are strong leaders and we're looking to the future by appointing Marnus to lead the Bulls," said Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson. "It is an ideal opportunity for Marnus to once again showcase his leadership abilities and provide him with experience at first class and one-day level. He and our players enjoyed the opportunity he had last season to lead the Bulls and Marnus is excited about the season ahead and working with new coach, Johan Botha."

The extent of Labuschagne's availability for Queensland's season remains uncertain, given his likely participation in Australia's ODI series against Pakistan in November, followed by Tests against India. Australia will also tour Sri Lanka for two Tests from late January before heading to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy, which runs into March.

"I'm greatly honoured to be appointed Queensland captain, as I know how much the Bulls mean to the fans around the state," Labuschagne said. "I've been in a very fortunate position to play alongside some exceptional leaders, and the chance to step up and do a job for the team I love is exciting."

Labuschagne is eager to work with the team and help them maximize the opportunities and structures in place. "We have a great group of players and one of the aspects of the captaincy that I am most looking forward to is helping us to make the most of the structure and opportunities we are creating here in Queensland," he added.

While there is no immediate prospect of a change in the Australian captaincy, current captain Pat Cummins has suggested he may not continue in both the Test and ODI roles for an extended period. This opens the door for potential future captains to gain valuable experience at the domestic level, with Labuschagne and Travis Head, who has previously led South Australia and Adelaide Strikers, being strong contenders.

Australia's recent Test side against New Zealand in Christchurch featured only two players under 30: Labuschagne and Cameron Green, highlighting the importance of developing the next generation of leaders.

Labuschagne's appointment as Queensland captain not only provides him with an opportunity to hone his leadership skills but also positions him as a key figure in the future of Australian cricket.

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